[ExI] Where’s my body’s Control Panel?

Brent Neal brentn at freeshell.org
Thu Apr 9 02:47:27 UTC 2009

On 8 Apr, 2009, at 22:11, Emlyn wrote:

> I just wrote this in my blog, and it struck me that it might play  
> well here :-)

You make some really good points in the article. A couple of things to  

1) Some of us don't consider exercise to be flagellation. Its an  
enjoyable activity! Well - at least for me, some things are. Lifting  
weights I find to be tedious and abhorrent. Things like the rowing  
machines and the elliptical machines are like a moving meditation for  
me. Kind of like Yoga - Hatha, Bikram, or Ashtanga. But hiking is by  
and far my favorite exercise.

2) More interestingly, let's assume that we learn how to install the  
functional equivalent of your control panel and that a large fraction  
of the population both have access to and choose to install it.  
Wouldn't a logical outcome of that be that the world's total caloric  
intake would skyrocket as people chose to overclock their metabolisms  
to self-enhance? (muscles, brains, looks, whatever would float their  
individual boats.) Right now, we produce more food than the world  
needs, then waste a good deal of it through systemic inefficiencies,  
causing there to be both massive obesity and hunger - often within a  
single square mile.  I'd assume that with that "control panel,"  there  
would be a lot more hunger and almost no obesity.

And a good number of people consuming vat grown yeast- and algae- 
derived proteins and fats. :)


Brent Neal, Ph.D.
<brentn at freeshell.org>

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